Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Seva Pakhwada: BJP rubbishes RPP allegation

Staff Reporter

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come down heavily on Rising People’s Party (RPP) for alleging that Health & Family Welfare Department’s principal director (PD) was forced to issue a notification directing all chief medical officers (CMOs) and medical superintendents (MS) to assist BJP in conducting health camps in the State from September 19 to October 1.
Addressing the media on the sidelines of the launching of ‘Seva Pakhwada’ in Dimapur, State BJP vice president and in-charge of Seva Pakhwada (fortnight service) Peter Peter termed the allegation as baseless and false.
He clarified that H&FW minister S Pangnyu Phom had approached the PD with a request to only “assist” BJP in conducting the health camps.
Peter claimed that BJP was taking care of all financial requirements needed for the health camps, including medicines, adding that department was requested for assistance in areas where doctors were not available.
He pointed out that BJP did not have all the resources to conduct the health camps, and hence H&FW department was requested to provide one doctor and two nurses for each camp. “The party never sought medicines or financial assistance from the department,” he clarified.
Peter said he was not aware that a political party could not seek assistance from the government to organize health camps. The health camp that was scheduled from 10 am got postponed till 1 pm.
On the low turnouts, Peter attributed it to the delay in announcement, adding that due to postponement of the camp, there was low turnout. “People got disappointed in the morning which sadly was avoidable,” he said, but expressed the hope that there would be more turnouts as the day progressed. Asked if health camps in other districts would be affected, he replied that everyone needed assistance of government authorities for carrying out such activities, even as he appealed to the H&FW department to carry out the health camps in all districts, hoping that assistance would be provided. He said one free health camp would be held in all districts.
He informed the media that CMO Dimapur, who was supposed to attend the health camp, did not turn up in view of the ultimatum served by the RPP.
It may be recalled that the RPP had termed the directive to CMOs and MS to assist BJP in conducting the health camps was “illegal and unconstitutional” since H&FW department was not an extension of BJP apparatus nor CMOs, MS and other employees of department were BJP karyakatas and that neither BJP could give directive to or utilise department’s service at will.